Pa. bill would protect property owners from hunting violations - abc27 WHTM

Pa. bill would protect property owners from hunting violations

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A pair of Pennsylvania legislators have introduced a bill to ensure property owners are not held responsible for hunting violations committed by those permitted to hunt on their land.

State Rep. Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill) said the Game and Wildlife Code currently may be interpreted to mean a landowner is legally liable for the actions of someone who was allowed on the property.

House Bill 1125, authored by Goodman and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), would clarify the landowner liability issue under the Game and Wildlife Code, like current law does to limit liability for landowners who allow use of their property for a broad range of recreational purposes, including hunting.

"Across the commonwealth, property owners graciously grant access to their land to hunters, giving more hunters more access to game," Goodman said in a news release. "They should not be held responsible for Game and Wildlife Code violations simply because someone who was granted access to their property failed to follow the rules."

"Pennsylvania offers some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation; however, a good majority of those locations are located on private lands," Heffley said. "That's why it's important for us to encourage farmers and land owners to open their land to hunting and fishing, while continuing to protect them from frivolous lawsuits because of the actions of others."

Goodman and Heffley said they are currently working to build support for the bill within their caucuses.

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